Port charges poised to rise in the wake of court rul­ing

Coun­cil told it must pay to help tackle pen­sion short­fall Ships us­ing Wis­bech and Sut­ton Bridge ports face higher charges af­ter Fen­land District Coun­cil was told it must find £ 1mil­lion to top up the river pi­lots pen­sion fund.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Business - By paul grin­nell paul. grin­nell@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk 01733 588713 Twit­ter: @Paulgrin­nell2

As the har­bour author­ity for the River Nene from Wis­bech to the bar Flat Buoy in the Wash, the coun­cil must pay although only one em­ployee is a mem­ber of the Pi­lots Na­tional Pen­sion Fund.

The de­mand comes af­ter a re­cent court case ruled all au­thor­i­ties which use river pi­lots must meet a pen­sion fund short­fall of £ 187 mil­lion, with Fen­land’s share set at £ 1.048 mil­lion.

Coun­cil­lors will be told on Mon­day that the coun­cil may have 10 to 15 years to make the pay­ment at an an­nual rate of £ 100,000.

The author­ity is re­spon­si­ble for the safe nav­i­ga­tion of ships vis­it­ing Wis­bech Port and Port Sut­ton Bridge and uses three self- em­ployed pi­lots.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “The costs of th­ese pi­lots are re­cov­ered through the charges the coun­cil levies on ships which use the pi­lot age ser­vice.”

A new level of fees will be dis­cussed by thec oun­cil’s over­view and scru­tiny com­mit­tee on Jan­uary 31.

The scene at Wis­bech port

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